Saturday, April 13, 2013
Leprosy was a sign of death in a body alive. Such afflicted persons must have kept themselves apart from the rest of the people. No one was permitted to touch a leper, for fear of contagion and uncleanness coming upon the person. A leper was obliged to call out, “Unclean, unclean,” so that people would stay away.
Wholeness of body and holiness of spirit were always seen together for a Jew. That is the significance of Jesus’ approach to the leper, of not being afraid of becoming unclean by such contact. Jesus reverses the principle: only what Jesus does touch becomes whole and holy!
Invite Jesus to inspect your life and diagnose your ills. Jesus heals. Do not be afraid to touch those lacking in wholeness; they can become whole through contact with you, if you are in Jesus.
O Lord, may I be made clean.
Reaching out to those cut off
Empty, till filled by You, Lord
Keeping my inner house clean
For more about this way to pray, see “Daily Bible Breaths” in the menu above.
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
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